Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Death From Above 1979 album that ran in Hot Press.
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
The Physical World (Fiction)
Key Track: ‘Government Trash’
DANCE ROCKERS ARE BACK FROM THE DEAD.
It’s been a full decade since trail-blazing dance-rock duo Death From Above 1979 last released an album. During that time, the pioneering sonic pugilists have seen many pretenders and successors (such as Test Icicles and Royal Blood respectively) appear to challenge their throne. No-one does that neck-bothering, chunky riffs and hyper-active hooks combo quite like Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler though and The Physical World announces their return in rousing style.
Cutting to the chase, anyone eager to hear a huge growth in sound from their ferocious debut You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine should head elsewhere. Adopting a similar ethos that made the likes of the Ramones, the Misfits and AC/DC global icons, Death From Above 1979 opt to stick to what they’re good at and it makes for an exciting and exhilarating listen. Opening with ‘Cheap Talk,’ the track’s biting bass and colossal grooves prove that they haven’t missed a beat despite their hiatus and the break-neck ‘Government Trash’ and the tellingly titled ‘Always On’ are breath-taking rock songs. Perverted power ballad ‘White Is Red’ offers something of a departure for the duo, but mostly The Physical World is all about riffs that could crack the sky and tunes that are tailor-made for the mosh pit. Here’s hoping it won’t take them another ten years to make a follow up.